GCA is authorized by its enabling act to build, acquire, own and operate wastewater treatment facilities and related appurtenances and currently provides both industrial and municipal wastewater treatment services in Texas. Unique in Texas, we operate our specially designed industrial wastewater treatment plants under an exemption from federal categorical pretreatment standards for industrial wastewater. The exemption allows GCA to treat wastewater from diverse industrial customers without requiring them to install and operate costly, redundant pretreatment equipment. Our industrial customers benefit from foregoing the capital and operating expense of unnecessary pretreatment systems.
GCA’s wastewater treatment facilities make use of microorganisms to clean wastewater then remove the microorganisms before the treated water is released. The microbes are then reused to clean up additional wastewater. This process is referred to as Activated Sludge. Each of the facilities uses unique configurations of the Activated Sludge process to optimize the treatment of the specific wastestreams received at that facility.
GCA owns and operates four regional industrial wastewater treatment facilities that process liquid wastes from more than 90 industrial plants (largely petrochemical in nature). These GCA facilities are the Washburn Tunnel Facility located on the Houston Ship Channel, the Bayport Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility located in the Bayport Industrial District in Pasadena, Texas, the 40–Acre Facility in Texas City and the Odessa Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Odessa, Texas.
GCA also provides municipal wastewater treatment services. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1969 as a non-taxing unit of government, the GCA provides a unique solution to costly wastewater treatment for Municipalities and Municipal Utility Districts.
The Authority operates the Blackhawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility located in Friendswood, Texas. Blackhawk provides tertiary treatment with ultra-violet light disinfection as part of the treatment process.
- Elizabeth Fazio Hale Joins Gulf Coast Authority April 23, 2020
- TWCA’s RISK MANAGEMENT FUND PRESENTS SAFETY AWARD TO GCA February 12, 2020
- GCA’s Brianna Morales Elected Secretary of TACWA February 12, 2020
- GCA celebrates 50 years of protecting Texas’ waters February 4, 2020
Gulf Coast Authority
910 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: (281) 488-4115